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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Social Work Practice and Intellectual Disability

Working to Support Change

ISBN 9780230521667
Publication Date September 2011
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Practical Social Work Series

A concise introduction to the knowledge, values and skills required for effective practice in the field of intellectual disability, this book covers the key topics including changing definitions, core tasks in working with clients and the values of participation and inclusion. Illustrated with numerous case studies, it is an essential resource.

CHRISTINE BIGBY is Professor in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, La Trobe University, Australia. She qualified in the UK and then worked in intellectual disability services in Australia. Since 1996 she has been researching policy issues and the practice of working with people with intellectual disabilities. She is the Editor of Australian Social Work, the author of three previous books and numerous journal articles and book chapters.

PATSIE FRAWLEY has a PhD from the School of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University, Australia. Patsie trained as a teacher and has worked extensively in the field of intellectual disability as a researcher, educator, policy advisor and self advocate supporter.

Understanding Intellectual Disability
The Social Problem of Intellectual Disability
Services to Support People with Intellectual Disability
Working With Individuals to Assess and Plan Support: Initial Steps
Planning, Dilemma's and Decision Making
Activism, Advocacy and Self Advocacy
Implementing Policies for Social Inclusion


'It is essential reading not only for students studying in this area, but also for the wider groups of people concerned with the well-being of those living with intellectual disabilities. It is a must for inclusion in people's libraries!'- Dr Marie Knox, Senior Lecturer, Social Work and Human Services, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
'The book handles the historical and policy context particularly well within an approach based on social exclusion and advancing rights whilst criticising the rhetorical and loose reference to rights within government policy formulation and articulation.' Oxford Journals
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